Having an encounter with Jesus is so much more than a distant admiration or an emotional once-off meeting at some point in your life. Jesus is the world's most prominent and unequalled person.
His historical impact has been unparalleled, yet he chose to make his dwelling among us. He became a man to show us God in a way that we can understand. He identified with us.
But even more than his historical impact, is the personal impact he has. The Word of God details encounters with Jesus that changed people and caused them to do great things. Our lives will change irrevocably through meeting Jesus.